28 Feb 2017

Full-Time Job Assistant Professor of Technical Direction

Cornish College of the Arts (Job Poster) – Seattle, Washington, United States

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Job Description


Deliver instruction and mentor beginning to advanced Performance Production students in a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Teach classes in the area of scenery technology while providing technical direction (the planning, budget analysis, construction, load-in, technical rehearsal period and strike) for scheduled productions. Classes taught include Stagecraft, Theatre Graphics, Backstage Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced Technical Direction Studio and other Special Topics in areas of expertise.

Job Responsibilities

Mentor and supervise students working in the scene shop and in their practicum assignments for productions.
Teach selected classes each semester, contingent upon Departmental needs.
Design and facilitate learning experiences that enable student success and achieve student-learning outcomes.
Mentor students in professional practices and career development.
Cultivate and mentor student technical directors.
Participate in student advising, enrollment and work toward retention goals.
Participate in ongoing curriculum development, review and implementation.
Provide technical direction for productions as needed.
Schedule and manage scenery construction, shop budget, load in and strike for fully produced shows.
Attend technical rehearsals and ensure smooth operation of technical aspects of productions.
Supervise staff and facilitate safe and national standards compliance in the scene shop.
Provide oversight and serve as consulting resource to Theater Department Staff Technical Director for its productions.
Maintain current knowledge and skills in subject area, pedagogy, curriculum, and work processes.
Other duties as assigned.

Contribute to College governance and service:

Performance Production departmental meetings.
Periodic student evaluations.
College and department committees and service.
Collaborate with Performance Production department faculty and Chair on development and assessment of student learning outcomes.


Understand instructional technology, and as needed, participate in training and development.
Engage in personal research such as creative practice, scholarship, research or scholarship of teaching.
Foster a positive, caring, equitable learning environment where difference and pluralism are valued and all students have opportunities to be successful learners.
Other duties as negotiated with supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

BFA in Technical Direction plus 5 years full time teaching experience, or combination of equivalent education and professional theatre experience.
First-Aid and CPR Training and certification.
Valid driver’s license.
Demonstrated capability in all aspects of Technical Direction, including estimating costs and labor, planning, drafting, budgeting, supervision of labor, carpentry, and welding.
Demonstrated capability in theatrical rigging systems.
Basic understanding of electrical distribution systems, sound systems, and lighting systems.
Expertise with all shop tools.
AutoCAD and/or Vectorworks proficiency.
Supervisory and teaching abilities appropriate to an educational theater setting.
Commitment to maintaining an atmosphere conducive to the training and nurturing of both production personnel and performers.
Commitment to industry standard shop safety practices.
Group management and creative problem-solving skills.
Ability to lift 50 pounds, comfortable with heights.
Clear & effective verbal and written communication skills.
Experience in Microsoft Office and Google platform.

Preferred Qualifications

MFA in Technical Direction or related theater discipline (or equivalent experience.)
Familiarity with the academic structure of higher education.
Familiarity with not-for-profit theatre structure.
Familiarity and experience with IATSE contracts.
Broad interests and exposure to all types of live performance and performance design

Application Procedures

For consideration please submit the following to hr@cornish.edu :

Cover Letter
Teaching Philosophy
Three Professional References
Cornish Employment Application
Deadline for application consideration: March 31, 2017.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Equal Opportunity Statement: Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.



• Job Title: Assistant Professor of Technical Direction
• Job Type: Full-Time Job
• Employer: Cornish College of the Arts
• website: http://www.cornish.edu/
• Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Categories: Education. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: arts education, assistant professor, teaching, and theatre. Location: Washington.